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4-H Newsletter

The Green Sheets Newsletter provides current information for volunteers and families enrolled in the Santa Cruz County 4-H YDP. ***THIS NEWSLETTER IS ONLY FOR CURRENTLY ENROLLED 4-H MEMBERS***

Issue Articles Type Date Added
CA 4-H State Leadership Conference!

Hello Santa Cruz 4-H Community! 

I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I am the 4-H Regional Program Supervisor for Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties. 

I will be assisting in the area heavily while Julie is out of the office. 


We have an exciting opportunity for Santa Cruz 4-H members to attend CA 4-H State Leadership Conference. If your members are interested in attending please review the scholarship form attached. You can also find more information below. 


SLC Information: https://na.eventscloud.com/website/55587/ 

Find the scholarship application below here: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://ucanr.edu/sites/uccesc/files/398292.pdf 




You can reach me at amltorres@ucanr.edu 

PDF 6/4/24
Record Book Workshop

Dear 4-Her's and family, 

We have reschedule the record book workshop for May 5th. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event. 

Pre-register at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=42615

See attached flyer for more details

Record Book committee 

PDF 4/16/24
Horse & Livestock event

Hello 4-H families, 

We have three events coming up in April, May & June for the 4-H program.

  • April 21st - Horse showmanship clinic and Livestock tack sale 
    • Bolado Park (San Benito county fairgrounds) 
    • See the attached flyer for more details
  • May 5th - 4-H Record book workshop 
    • Hollister Veteran's Memorial Building 
    • 11 am to 3 pm (lunch is provided)
    • Registration link: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=42615
  • June 8th -4-H Spring Fair 
    • Ag History Project - fairgrounds
    • set up 9:30 -10:30 am 
    • registration for Baking, Rabbit and poultry
    • Baking registration: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=42603
    • Rabbit registration: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=42587
    • Poultry registration: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=40451

See you at these events, Julie Katawicz 4-H staff

PDF 4/10/24
Monterey Fair Pre-Tagging for BEEF show

Hello 4-Her's, 

If you are interested in showing a steer or beef heifer at the Monterey county fair in August.  You will have to pre-tag your steer/heifer and submit the paperwork directly to the Monterey county fair.  

See attached information and application for pre-tag deadline is April. 

If you have any questions regarding this process then contact: 

Colton Kersey-Lopez

Deputy Manager

Monterey County Fair

Office: 831-372-5865

Cell: 805-550-5083

See attached form for more details. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

PDF 3/18/24
4-H PI Baking contest - March 14th

Dear 4-Her's, 

Just a friendly reminder about the Museum of Discovery 4-H Bake -Off Contest on Thursday, March 14th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  

We look forward Pie entry on Thursday.  See the flyer for more details. 

Save the date June 8th for the 4-H Spring Fair event.  more detail on come.  We look forward to each 4-H club participation. 

See you at the event. 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program staff

PDF 3/11/24
4-H Contest for PI Day - Enter details attached

Dear 4-H families, 

We are excited to have teamed up with Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery by hosting a PI Day Pie Baking contest with a special division for 4-H youth!

A special thank you to Jamie (club leader) of Soquel 4-H club for arranging this event with Santa Cruz children's museum.  It is great to have a partnership with other organization for our 4-H youth. 

We look forward to you joining this contest on March 14th with your pie. 

See attached flier for more details. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep. 

PDF 2/26/24
4-H Summer Camp in Felton

Hello 4-H families, 

We have been invited to join Santa Cruz county 4-H youth at summer camp in Felton near Roaring Camp. See the attached flyer for more details on registering for camp. 

We have some scholarships available to help with the registration cost of 4-H camp.  Please notify the 4-H office if you are interested in applying for a 4-H summer camp scholarship. 

See you at the 4-H Camp in June, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep. 

JPG 2/22/24
Happy Holidays & 4-H Updates

Dear 4-H Families, 

The year has flown by so fast.  The Holidays are upon us. 

The 4-H office will be closed December 22nd to January 2nd for the Holiday break. I will be returning calls and email upon our return to the office.  If you need any help before the break then contact the office by Thursday. 

The 4-H new and returning leader that need to complete their 4-H leader requirements, please complete these requirements by December 31st. 

The links for the new and returning leaders are found on the 4-H county website under: Join Today" 

    • https://campus.extension.org/ 
    • .On-line enrollment registration in Zsuite. 
    • https://4h.zsuite.org/ 
    • See attached form 

4-H office will be closed for holiday break from December 22, 2023 to January 2, 2024

4-H office wish everyone a Happy & Safe Holiday

PDF 12/20/23
Rabbit Show & 4-H Rabbit Project
Hello all!
If you are interested in being in the Rabbit Project, learning more about rabbits, learning what a rabbit show is all about or just looking at several hundred cute rabbits...have we got a treat for you!
The annual Crowfest Rabbit show in Hollister will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, at Bolado Park. This show is a ton of fun and gives youth several opportunities to check out different rabbit breeds, learn more about all aspects of rabbit shows, show their own rabbits, showmanship, and so much more!  Your Santa Cruz County rabbit leaders will be at the show and available to help with any youth who need practice grooming, tattooing, practicing showmanship, and more! Come out for part or all of the day (8am-4pm) and learn more. We will be happy to show you around, introduce you to breeders and judges, teach you about different breeds, etc.
Please reach out to the leaders at alaga.rebecca@gmail.com if you have any questions! Please also see the attached show catalog for more information on the show, entries, and show rules. If you plan to attend AND show rabbits, entries are due 11/27/23. If you need help with entries text Rebecca @ 831-406-9407.
- Rabbit Project Leaders
PDF 11/22/23
Camp Loma Open House invite

Dear 4-H Families, 

Camp Loma has invited our 4-H families to attend their Open House & BBQ event on November 5th from noon to 4 pm.  

See attached flier for details.  

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program staff

PDF 10/9/23
4-Her's and Happy Weigh-In Day

Good morning 4-H and Happy Weigh-In Day!

Fair is here....
Have you signed up for Clover Deli shifts? Maybe 2 or 3 shifts? Each lub is paid by how many volunteers cover a shift. Feel free to bring a friend or family member to help out. There are still a lot of open shifts.
*All 4-H members in Santa Cruz County are expected to cover 1 shift at a minimum!
After you sign up make sure you watch the Food Safety course (2-3 minutes)
take the super fast quiz so we know you have completed the training.
PDF 9/11/23
Santa Cruz & San Benito Fair Deadlines & Update
Dear 4-H Families, 
San Benito County Fair information and deadlines are attached. 
Santa Cruz county fair entry deadline is August 24 at 5:59 pm.  Still exhibits for market animal exhibitors should be entered in the Youth Organizations - 4-H or FFA departments.    
**NOTE: For Monterey County Fair exhibitors Non-Perishable Entries due date is: Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Perishable due date is September 9, 9AM- 12PM** You can call Robin 831-234-6666
The earlier exhibitors can get their entries in, the better for us to set up pens and plan our shows.  Entry guides and online entry available at 
Thank you!
Kathryn Hill, Livestock Operations
Santa Cruz County Fair
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4-H fundraiser - San Benito Fair Shirts & Sweatshirts

Dear 4-H families, 

We are excited to offer the 100 years of Fairs shirts and sweatshirts for San Benito Fair.  The profits support the 4-H program. 

Order your shirt and sweatshirt by August 25th.  See attached order form. 

Thank you for your support and see you at fair,

Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep.

PDF 8/14/23
Swine Fair Exhibitors

Dear Swine Members, 

If you are showing at Monterey, Santa Cruz and/or San Benito county fairs you are required to have Prop 12 paperwork from your swine breeder. 

The San Benito Fair has forwarded a form for you to complete. See attached 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H office

PDF 6/1/23
4-H Spring Fair May 13th

Dear 4-Her's, 

We are excited to bring back Spring Fair on May 13th hosted by Santa Cruz county 4-H clubs.  We are adding a baking contest and poultry show with an egg class, breeding birds, showmanship and Avian Bowl.  This is great way to meet other 4-H members and participate in some competitions.  

Each 4-H club will be hosting a booth to interact with the community.  We will need volunteers from each club.  The 4-H club leaders have signed up to host a booth for your club.  You may also participate in the Baking contest and Poultry show.  

4-H booths: 

Aptos 4-H & Quail Creek 4-H - Baking Contest booth 

Soquel 4-H - Duck game

Santa Cruz 4-H - Painted Tile craft booth

Ag History 4-H - Spinning Wheel booth

Corralitos 4-H Garden planting booth & poultry show (Peggy) 

4-H Information booth - 4-H office

See the attached flier for more details on these events. You will need to register for the poultry show.  The registration link is on the flier and 4-H website. 

See you at the event on May 13th, Julie Katawicz 4-H office 


PDF 3/23/23
4-H Up Coming Events

Dear 4-H families, 

The holidays are fast approaching.  We wish everyone a safe and fun Holiday season. 

We have a rabbit show that member can participate or attend in Hollister coming up in the beginning of December. See attached newsletter for details. 

We also have an opportunity for community service by volunteering at the Santa Cruz fairgrounds helping out with the Holiday Lights as a volunteer. 

Sign up on line to host a shift at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050849A9AA2EAAF94-holiday5-4

Happy Thanksgiving, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep

PDF 11/21/22
Clover Deli Thank You event

Dear 4-H Families, 

Everyone that participated in working at the 4-H Clover Deli at fair is invited to a celebration Thank You party on November 11th. 

We greatly appreciate all the support of the chairman's, Clover Deli crew and 4-H families that make this tradition a success.  

Please see attached flier for details. 


Clover Deli Staff and 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H Program rep

PDF 10/27/22
Dairy Cattle Clinic

Dear 4-H Families, 

  Attached is a flyer with information for a dairy cattle show clinic we will be hosting here in Monterey County. The clinic is open to anyone who shows dairy cattle as well as anyone who may be interested in what goes into the showing and daily care of dairy cattle. This will also be an opportunity to learn how to clip/top line and gain some valuable information and knowledge for county fairs that may include dairy cattle as part of their round-robbin event as well as tips and pointers that may be used at jackpots. This will be a wonderful activity to as it will open 4-H’ers eyes to an often misunderstood and unique species in our region of the state as it is not only local clinic that will reduce travel time, but well below half the price of the clinics offered out in the Central Valley. The point of contact is Peyton Jeffries and her contact information is on the flyer. 
William Eric Acuna
PDF 10/27/22
Vegetable Judging at San Bento fair

Don’t miss out on this exciting event!!  The San Benito County Fair is hosting a Vegetable Judging Contest similar to the other local Fairs.  See the attached flyer. It will be Friday at 5:00 PM on September 30th (sign ups by 2 PM) in the Ag Hort Department.  Please share this event with your Chapter and anyone else that you think may be interested in participating.  Thank you.

There is a Buckle at stake!!!   I hope to see you there. 

Dirk Giannini

Co-Community Leader

Chualar 4-H

P.O. Box 879

Gonzales, California 93926

(831) 449-2494 (Telephone)

(831) 449-4951 (Fax)





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PDF 9/26/22
San Benito Fair contest

Good Morning 4-Her's

We have a vegetable judging at fair next week on September 30th. 

We also have a knowledge bowl on Wednesday of fair. 

I hope to see all of you at these events. 

See the flier for details on vegetable judging. 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H staff

PDF 9/20/22
San Benito Fair updates

Dear 4-H Families, 

We just finished Santa Cruz fair now heading into San Benito fair. 

I would like to congratulate all the 4-H members that participated in the Santa Cruz fair.  All the 4-H members did a great job.  I also appreciate the members that helped in the 4-H Clover Deli at Santa Cruz fair.  

We are now moving into San Benito fair.  We have the fair shirts and sweat shirt that will be available for pick up at the youth department on Saturday and Sunday when you turn in your still exhibit. If you have not purchased your fair t-shirt or sweatshirt we have some for sale at the youth department at the same time. 

We are sending you the fair treats and actives schedule hosted by San Juan 4-H and 4-H county council. 

See you at the fair. Julie Katawicz, 4-H staff.

PDF 9/19/22
Clover Deli Food Safety for All to complete

Good evening 4-H'ers, families & friends.

If you plan to work in the deli at the fair this year please take 5-10 minutes to review the attached document, video and quiz.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we try to make this the BEST year yet!
-Clover Deli Committee
PDF 9/7/22
Santa Cruz Fair Vegetable Contest

Dear 4-H Families, 

Don’t miss out on this exciting event!!  The Santa Cruz County Fair is hosting a Vegetable Judging Contest similar to the other local Fairs.  See the attached flyer. It will be Friday evening at 7:00 pm on September 16th  in the Harvest Building.  Please share this event with your Chapter and anyone else that you think may be interested in participating.  Thank you.

There is a Buckle at stake!!!  Go study those veggies!!!!!  I hope to see you there.

Dirk Giannini

Co-Community Leader

Chualar 4-H

PPTX 9/1/22
Santa Cruz Fair Important Updates & Deadlines

Dear 4-H families, 

The Santa Cruz fair has Poultry entry deadline, August 6th for on-line fair entries. 

The livestock entries are August 25th for on-line fair entries. 

The Santa Cruz fair has many new changes.  See attached letter from the fair. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz, 4-H office 


PDF 8/4/22
San Benito 4-H Fair t-shirts & sweatshirts fundraiser

Hi Everyone,

This year we have designed t-shirts and sweatshirts for exhibitors and their families to purchase for the 2022 San Benito County Fair. Sweatshirts and t-shirts can be ordered by printing out the attached order form and mailing it with payment to the San Benito County 4-H office by August 25th. Orders will be available for pick up when families drop off their still exhibits.  Thank you for your support.

Thank you, Wendy Abercrombie and Julie Katawicz

PDF 8/4/22
4-H Record Book Workshop & Livestock updates

Hello 4-H Families, 

We have the recordbook workshop registration closing tonight sign up now at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=37228. 

Santa Cruz Fair Market Beef Ear Tagging and Brand Inspection, Thursday, May 19, 2022, 5 to 7 pm @ 101 Auction Yard. Scales will be open for weighing animals as a courtesy to our exhibitors.  Exhibitors may tag more than one animal, but will be allowed to enter only one.  First animal tagged is free.  Additional animals will be charged $10/head for tagging. If animal loses either visual ear tag or RFID tag, a $10 replacement fee will be assessed at Check-In.  If animal loses both visual tag and RFID tag, the $10 replacement fee will be assessed and the animal IS NOT eligible for championship.

This is a first-come, first served event.  No appointments are necessary.

See attached for changes and Steer/ market heifer tagging for San Benito Fair. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H office

PDF 5/17/22
Santa Crus Fair Heritage Hog Application

Dear 4-H members, 

You are invited to submit an application for the Heritage hog.  This is an amazing opportunity. 

Application deadline is May 16th. 

See attached. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep 

PDF 4/27/22
Record Book Workshop
Hello Santa Cruz 4-H Families, 
You are invited to attend the San Benito County Record Book Workshop on Saturday, May 21st from 10-1 at the Vets Memorial Building.
See attached flyer for all the details! 
Please RSVP by May 17th so we can prepare materials and get a lunch count.  https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=37228
If you would like to volunteer to present or help facilitate, please contact Denise Lange @408-605-3345 or Dee Slykas @831-245-9456
We look forward to you join us at this workshop. 
Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep
PDF 4/21/22
YQCA Changes deadline March 22nd

Hello livestock families, 

We received an updated letter from YQCA on the changes to their system deadline on March 22nd. 

Please be proactive in getting your current YQCA certificate printed before the old YQCA system closes on March 22nd. 

This system change will affect youth going to fairs such as Salinas Valley.

Thank you,

Julie Katawicz, 4-H office

PDF 3/14/22
Presentation Day March 5th

Dear 4-H families, 

Finally, we can start to have in person events! Corralitos 4-H club and All Stars are hosting the County Presentation day.  

Register by February 28th at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=36748

Event: March 5th 

Time: noon - 3 pm

Location Corralitos Community Center

See attached flier for details. 

Email: 4hincorralitos@gmail.com for more details. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

PDF 2/16/22
Lottery to show STEER at Monterey fair 2022

Hello 4-H members and leaders, 

We are excited to announce the opportunity to enter a lottery to show a steer at Monterey Fair in 2022. 

Deadline to enter the lottery is December 31st!

See attached flier for details. 

Happy Holidays, Julie Katawicz 4-H office

PDF 12/6/21
Salinas Valley Fair - Updates

Dear Families, 

We received a notice from Salinas Valley fair about changes to the 2022 fair that effect livestock.  Please read the attached information from the fair. 

The 4-H office will be closed from October 21st to 26th on personal business.   I will be back in the remote office on Oct 27th. 

Happy Halloween, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H office

PDF 10/18/21
Fair Involvement Form

Dear 4-H members, 

please complete the 4-H involvement form and turn in by November 30th. 

See attached form. 

Thank you, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep

PDF 10/11/21
Vegetable Judging at fair

Dear 4-H families, 

It is fair time! We have many vegetable judging this year at Santa Cruz and San Benito fairs.  See the information for San Benito fair. 

The 4-H staff will be at Santa Cruz fair this week with the 4-H exhibitors, if you need help from the 4-H staff please call my cell 831-205-3180. 

The physical office will not be open this week. 

See you at the fair, Julie Katawicz 4-H staff


PDF 9/13/21
4-H September Newsletter

Dear 4-H Families, 

We have many exciting pre-fair events coming up this weekend and next weekend.  

We still need many shift filled in the 4-H clover deli.  Invite a friend to share in the fun of the Clover Deli and experience 4-H program.  We may gain a new member. We need your help so sign up for an additional shift. 

See you at the fair this weekend for the feature booth build. 

Have a wonderful holiday, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep. 

PDF 9/3/21
Monterey County Fair Updates 7/27/2021

Dear Livestock exhibitors, 

The 2021 Rabbit Show has been canceled due to the RHD Virus.

Livestock schedule has changed see attached from fair manager. 

Entries are due August 6th for livestock also enter a still exhibit in the youth department as a requirement to show livestock. See entry book for details

The YQCA training can be completed at http://yqca.org/.

San Benito pre-tagging paperwork is due by 4pm on Friday July 30th to fair office. no exceptions 

Fair season is upon us, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep

PDF 7/27/21
4-H Newsletter July 8, 2021

Dear 4-H families, 

We can meet in person again! please see the 4-H newsletter for COVID requirements. 

Our office is still working remotely.  If you need to meet in person call me or email.  I will make arrangement to met you at the 4-H office. 

Our main office is open on Monday & Thursday from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. 

We have enrollment and fair information in the newsletter.  Santa Cruz fair has their entry book posted online. 

Have a nice July, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

PDF 7/8/21
San Benito Fair

Hello Livestock Leaders and Families, 

Just a reminder if you are showing swine, sheep or goat at San Benito county fair you will need to notify your leader for a pre-tagging request.  

Leaders will need to submit an email to Dara Tobias, fair manager a pre-tag livestock tag request.  

Please see the letter from the fair with details. 

Santa Cruz Fair entry books are on-line.

Please review the entry book for livestock requirements.  Do not forget to complete your YQCA training for youth for fair requirements. 

We are excited to have in person fairs back!!

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep. 

PDF 7/6/21
Santa Cruz Heritage Hog Application

Dear 4-Hers, 

We invite you to apply for the Santa Cruz Heritage Hog Scholarship. 

The applicant that is awarded this honor will raise a hog for the Santa Cruz fair in September.  You will receive a college scholarship.  See the applications for details. 

PDF 5/11/21
4-H Special Event, May 11th tonight

You are invited to join Santa Cruz 4-H program on May 11th, Tuesday for a magic show.  

You will have to pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/SCC4Hvms

Show starts at 7 pm so log in at 6:30 pm for county 4-H club meeting. 

See you at the magic show, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

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4-H Special Event, May 11th

4-H club meeting with a magic show on May 11th, Tuesday. 

You will have to pre-register(see flier for registration) 

Show starts at 7 pm so log in at 6:30 pm for club meeting.  

See you at the magic show, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

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4-H Special Event

Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks invite community members who lived through the CZU Lightning Complex fires to a special art exhibition beginning May 8, 2021 at the Felton Branch Library and Discovery Park.

Art Hike & Heal
May 8 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Felton Branch Library and Discovery Park 

Just a reminder to register for the Tuesday night 4-H Magic Show by a professional Magician.  Special for our 4-H community. 

See the flier for registration

PNG 5/7/21
Monterey Fair Updates 2021

Hello 4-H Families, 

Hot off the press! 

We are excited to announce the youth will be showing in the ring with their livestock in person with leaders and family attending.  We will not have the public when the youth are showing.  The public will be attending fair the following week.  

We are excited to get the kids back to fairs with their 4-H projects!

See the attached letter with more details from the Monterey fair manager. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H program rep

PDF 4/28/21
4-H Special Event

Dear 4-H Families, 

We have a special event on May 11th.  We have a former 4-H member that is now a professional Magician perform a virtual magic show.  You will have to pre-register for the link to the show. 

See the attached flier with registration information.  We will participate in the Magic show as well as learn how 4-H can change your life too. 

See you at the show but don't forget to register. 

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep. 

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4-H Newsletter March 23,2021

We are having some computer issues, so here is the Santa Cruz 4-H program newsletter. 

Please see attached for updates.

Sorry for the inconvenience, Julie Katawicz 4-H Youth Program Rep

PDF 3/24/21
Salinas Valley Fair - Updates

Dear Livestock Leader & Youth, 

We received an update from Salinas Valley Fair for livestock members & youth interested in exhibiting a still exhibit. 

Deadline to enter in the Salinas Valley Fair is April 1st.  The public will not be at the fair but livestock exhibitors will show in person (each spieces shows on their different day and time).  Reference the entry fair book for rules, times and schedule. 

See attached letter from the Livestock Department at Salinas Valley Fair. 

Have fun showing at the fair! Julie Katawicz, 4-H program

PDF 3/18/21
4-H County Club Meeting, March 9th

Hello 4-H Families, 

We look forward to seeing you at the 4-H county Club meeting on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 pm.  All 4-H families are encourage to participate. 

Bring your favorite pet live, photo or item to share with the rest of the 4-H community during the meeting.  Bring a friend to check out 4-H on our zoom meeting. 

Julie Katawicz is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Santa Cruz 4-H Countywide Club Meeting
Time: Mar 9, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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See you at the 4-H county club meeting, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep


PDF 3/8/21
4-H County Club Meeting, March 9th

Dear 4-H Families, 

We understand the last year our 4-H program and lives have been impacted by COVID-19, shelter in place, economic hardships, and wildfires in our community.

Well, the 4-H program has recognized these struggles while learning how to adapt to the new changes and challenges in our community. 

We are inviting your family to join us on March 9th at 6:30 pm by zoom for the new countywide 4-H club meetings.  

Our game active will be "Bring your pet or favorite item to share with 4-Her's"  You can bring a live animal, picture, stuffed animal or item." Tell us 3 things about your pet or item.  We will be hosting a game at each meeting.  We will only have 15 minutes of business then onto fun game or active.

See you at the meeting!  See attached for details on joining zoom and agenda. Julie Katawicz

PDF 3/4/21
4-H New Structor Coming in March

Dar 4-H Families, 

We have all had a tough year but it is time to make it better!  The 4-H office has been working with the 4-H club community leaders on a new way to bring the 4-H FUN back to our 4-H program. 

We are excited to invite all our 4-H families to participate in the 1st 4-H Countywide monthly club meeting on 

March 9th at 6:30 pm by zoom

Meeting will be hosted by Aptos 4-H club officers with about 15 minutes of business and half an hour of 4-H fun active.  We will be sending out more detail closer the meeting. 

See attached details on the New 4-H program!! 

4-H office staff will be on vacation February 12th to 21st.  I will be returning emails and call on February 22nd.  Contact your club leader with urgent matters.  Thank you, Julie Katawicz 4-H Program Rep

PDF 2/11/21
4-H Recipe Swap 2020

Dear 4-H Families, 

4-H families would like to share their favorite recipes with your family.  I truly can wait to try some of these recipes.  

Recipes include: 

Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts

May everyone have a happy fun filled holiday.  

Happy Holidays, 

Julie Katawicz

PDF 12/17/20
4-H Newsletter December 2020

Dear 4-H Families, 

We are sending you the 4-H newsletter with a new fundraiser for our 4-H program. 

We have taken a break for the Holiday season but look forward to getting back to 4-H in January. 

Happy Holidays, Julie Katawicz 

PDF 12/16/20
4-H Recipe Swap Challenge

Dear 4-H Families, 

It has been a tough year not being able to see each other in person.  We have lost a little bit of our Holiday spirit. 

We it is time to get our Holiday Spirit back in a 4-H way.  Your family is invited to participate in the 4-H Recipe Swap.  Share your favorite families holiday recipe for

  • Appetizer
  • Main dish
  • Side dish
  • Dessert or candy
    with the us.  We will put together a 4-H swap recipe book to share. Submit with a short blurb by December 17th to 4-H office email. 
    Happy Holidays, Julie Katawicz at jkatawicz@ucanr.edu


PDF 12/6/20
4-H Newsletter August 2020

Dear 4-H Families, 

We are embracing the new way of 4-H program!  

We hope you are enjoying your summer and participating in the 4-H program. 

We are looking for new ideas for projects to participate in during COVID-19. 

Enjoy the August Newsletter, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep 

PDF 8/10/20
4-H Newsletter July 2020

Dear 4-H Families,

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

We just received permission with new requirements to host in person meetings with up to 8 youth and 2 adults.  Leaders must read and follow the requirements for in person meeting prior to hosting meeting.  

Tagging information for San Benito Fair July 16th. 

Read the newsletter for all the new articles and details on new requirements for 4-H program. 

Thank you, Julie Katawicz, 4-H Porgram Rep. 

PDF 7/11/20
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

Dear Rabbit 4-H families, 

We were unable to attach this to the 4-H newsletter do to the size of the article.  

Please see the attached information on the terrible rabbit disease wiping out colonies of rabbits.  If you have any additional questions, please contact your local Vet or 4-H office.  We will provide resource or expertise to assist you with your rabbit questions. 

Thank you, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 6/3/20
4-H Newsletter June 2020

Dear 4-H Families, 

The 4-H June newsletter has many new updates on fairs, events and new articles!

We just received approval to hold small 4-H meetings.  We can only have a maximum of 8 youth and 2 adults until further notice.  

The UCCE Santa Cruz and 4-H office are still working remote.  We are here to help you with the 4-H program.  Please reach out via email at jkatawicz@ucanr.edu or (831) 205-3180. 

The end of the year officer books and record books are still due for the 4-H clubs and members.  

We miss you all! Take Care, Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep

PDF 6/3/20
Santa Cruz Co. Fair Update - Time Sensitive

Dear 4-H Families, 

We are sending you a letter from Santa Cruz county fair regarding livestock exhibitors.  You will need to reply by APRIL 28th. 

Please read the attached letter from Santa Cruz county fair.  

Take Care, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep.

PDF 4/23/20
4-H Newsletter April 2020

Dear 4-H Families, 

We hope all your families are healthy!

We are in times of change right now.  Our 4-H newsletter has information on 4-H event changes and many new resources for projects at home. 

We do not have a 4-H county council meeting this month due to shelter in place.  

The 4-H office staff is working remote to met our communities needs.  Please email or call 831-205-3180. 

Take Care, Julie 

4-H Program Rep

PDF 4/17/20
Community Service Project at Home

Dear 4-H Community, 

I hope this email finds you all in good health.  We have an amazing opportunity for our 4-H community to participate at home.  We have a long time 4-H leader organized a Sew a Mask project for a local hospital.  We are so proud of our 4-H community for giving back to the community in a time of need. Please see the attached newsletter for more details on this project.

We have also added many new on-line resources to our 4-H website. 

Thank you in advance for your families participation in this project. 

Take Care and be safe, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H Program Rep


PDF 3/30/20
Livestock Members & Leaders

Hello 4-H livestock families, 

We have an opportunity to participate in online showrite classroom are this week for all species. 

Go to Showrite facebook page.  See attached for more information.  

What a great way to learn, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep.

JPG 3/23/20
4-H State office Message

Hello 4-H Families, 

We are sending you a message from Lynn Schmitt- McQuitty, 4-H State Director.  Please read attached letter. 


Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep

PDF 3/19/20
4-H Newsletter March 2020

Hello 4-H Families, 

We hope this newsletter finds all the families in good health.  We have many updated on the 4-H program. 

We also have a home based project the youth can participate in at home but still make a difference in our community.  "Message of Kindness"  See the article in the newsletter for more details. 

If you need to contact the 4-H office, please email jkatawicz@ucanr.edu or call my work cell at (831) 205-3180. 

Take Care, 

Julie Katawicz, 4-H program rep




PDF 3/19/20
4-H January Newsletter

Dear 4-H Families, 

We are sending you some 4-H updates. 

We extended the registration for CWF Inauguration registration opportunity.  See newsletter for more details.

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 1/31/20
4-H December Newsletter

4-H Families, 

Happy Holidays, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 12/22/19
4-H Updates

Happy Holidays 4-H Families,

We have two exciting event events this week.

Anyone looking for a last-minute tax donation, well we have the answer for you!

Giving Tuesday is December 3rd  

Match for 4-H Donate on Giving Tuesday.

We use the funds to sponsor leadership conferences, college scholarship as well as support to host community events lead by 4-H youth and advisor's.

We love 4-H leadership Is asking for our 4-H support on December 8thin Monterey.  We are asking for a large 4-H present at the Statewide Farm Bureau Meeting.  All 4-H member show up in your 4-H whites’ uniform.

The 4-H member are being asked to help greet guest, serve dinner and other duties. 

Please met with Dena or Lorin, they will give you direction:

Dena Jenkinson, Monterey County Leader’s Council President,  831-578-7005

Lorin Hofmann-Lurz, Monterey County Staff,  831-320-4223

Please see the amazing letter from Farm Bureau supporting 4-H program to our state governor & DETAILS ON THE EVENT FOR DECEMBER 8TH

County Website: http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/4-H_Program/.  

Sincerely, Julie Katawicz 4-H Program Rep

PDF 12/2/19
4-H Council Agenda

Good Evening,

We have a 4-H Council Meeting is Thursday, November 21st at 6:45 pm, Aptos Grange.  

Please attached is the agenda and minutes from August meeting.  We hope to see you at the meeting. 

Happy Thanksgiving, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep. 

PDF 11/20/19
4-H Newsletter - November 2019

Dear 4-H families, 

We have many new exciting events and fund raising opportunities coming up!

We are looking to increase our 4-H membership, so invite a friend to check out 4-H.  We have the Bay Coast Youth Summit Conference, Disney Educational Event, 5K Walk a Thon coming up. These are fun actives for all ages in our 4-H program.  See the newsletter for more details. 

Happy Thanksgiving, 

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep


PDF 11/6/19
4-H Newsletter August 2019

Dear 4-H Families, 

We have many new articles in this issue of 4-H Newsletter.  Do not miss the registration for fair entries for the up coming fairs.  

Livestock member read the new rules about YQCA training and Youth Department entries requirements to show livestock at all the local fairs. 

Do not forget to register for 4-H prior to fair.  We have a new credit card on-line payment option.  


Julie Katawicz 

PDF 8/13/19
4-H Updates on Enrollment & Funding

Dear 4-H Families, 

We have very important news regarding funding issues and 4-H enrollment increases for the 2019- 2020 program year. 

See the article regarding the changes to our 4-H program.  We would like to thank the 4-H families in advance for their support and efforts to keep our 4-H program in Santa Cruz County.  


Julie Katawicz

4-H program rep

PDF 6/28/19
Julia Fuller Memorial

Dear 4-H Families, 

It is with great sadness, we are passing on the news of Julia Fuller passing away.  She is a young lady and member of Corralitos 4-H.  Many 4-H families will remember the joy Julia Fuller brought to our 4-H program and lives. 

We are sending you the newspaper article with the service for the celebration of life for Julia Fuller tonight and Saturday.  We look forward to see many 4-H members and families supporting the Fuller family in this time. 

Our condolences goes out to Matthew, Shawna, Patrick and Rebecca Fuller.  

PDF 6/4/19
4-H Updates

Dear 4-H Families, 

Here is the revised newsletter.  We have many deadlines and articles. 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 5/30/19
4-H Newsletter - April

Dear 4-H Families, 

We have many opportunities for 4-H members to participate in this weekend and May. 

We have expended the deadline to sign up for Disneyland to April 24th.  We have some families request an extension.  We can not go pass this date.  This will be the final sign up for this physics project.  We have to have the final payment to Disneyland by the end of the week. 

We have several other events that 4-H members can participate in this weekend.  See the newsletter for detail.  We look forward to seeing you at these events.  Remember to wear your 4-H club shirt at events.  

Enjoy the newsletter,

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep. 

PDF 4/23/19
Incorrect email list

Dear 4-H Families,

You all recently received an email from me that was intended for San Benito County. Please accept my apologies and disregard this email. My 4-H On-line filter grabbed all the families in the tri-county area by mistake.

As you are aware, each County will be getting this information via email specific to their County.

Again, my apologies.


Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty

Assistant Vice Provost: University of California Cooperative Extension

Director of Cooperative Extension: San Benito County

Science Literacy Youth Development Advisor: San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties

UCCE San Benito County

3228 Southside Road

Hollister, CA 95023

831-637-5346 x 12


831-637-7111 (fax)

DOC 4/4/19
4-H March Newsletter

Clover Hello 4-H Families, 

We are sending you the 4-H March Newsletter.  We have three different projects this weekend the Cloverbuds, Lego's and gardening projects.  We are inviting all 4-H members to attend.  See the newsletter for details. 

We also have the Tractor Supply Paper Clover drive coming up and Joann Fabrics Clover drive.  These companies provide a source of fund raising for our county.  We hope you will participate in these fund raising drives. 

We also have three new projects from Horse, Gardening and STEM.  

We are excited to offer new projects to our 4-H members.  We are asking families to take advantage of these countywide project by bringing your children to the projects.  Leaders spend a lot of time planning and preparing for these projects. It is nice to offer these projects to the 4-H members.

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep


PDF 3/8/19
4-H Newsletter 2/14/19

Dear 4-H Families, 

Happy Valentines Day! 

We have a challenge for all the 4-H members in our program to help grow our 4-H program by 25%.  Bring a friend to a 4-H event or 4-H club meeting to share your 4-H experience.  Let shout from the roof top about how great 4-H is for the youth in our community!!!

We have exciting events coming up in the next few months to bring a friend and introduce them to 4-H: 

  • Safety Awareness for All Ages on March 2nd
  • Clover Bud project for primary members (5 to 11 yrs old), March 9th & April 7th  
  • County Presentation Day on March 16th
  • Welcome to 4-H & Movie Night on March 29th 
  • Disneyland Physics Project, deadline April 4 - Event May 25th - 27th

You will find many more exciting articles in the 4-H newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you at these events.  


Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep. 

PDF 2/14/19
4-H Newsletter 1/17/19

Hello 4-H Families, 

We have an exciting new Lego project open to all members in our 4-H program.  

  1. Lego Countywide Project

We have new parent and club leader that have teamed up to offer an amazing new 4-H project.  We are so excited to offer a new 4-H Lego Project for all ages.  If you are interested please email aptos4h

  • Lego Project Dates:
  • January 20th
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Location: 76 Cutter Cove, Watsonville
  • February 10th
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Location: 4-H office, 1430 Freedom Blvd, Ste E, Watsonville
  • March 10th
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Location: 4-H office, 1430 Freedom Blvd, Ste E, Watsonville

Come join the fun!  


Julie Katawicz

PDF 1/17/19
4-H Updates 12/20/18

Dear 4-H Families,  

May you and your family have a safe, fun and joyful holiday!

We are sending you a few reminders from the 4-H office: 

  • All 4-H members enrollment is due
  • Adult Volunteer Leaders
    • If you have not completed your adult volunteer leaders training, please complete it soon.  
    • New volunteer leaders will also need to complete the live scan. 
    • Returning volunteer leader only need to complete the adult volunteer training yearly. 
  • You are welcome to come into the 4-H office to complete your adult volunteer leader training on January 7th or after. 
  • I have attached a step by step adult volunteer leaders training instruction to help with the frustration some leaders are experiencing. 
  • 4-H office will be closed for the Holiday break from December 24th to January 7th.  
  • I will be checking my email every few days to help answer question about 4-H enrollment and volunteer leader training. 
  • 4-H Snow Camp Feb 16th - 19th 
  • If you need to reach me contact your community club leader, they have my personal cell phone number.  They will reach me to call you back regarding your matter during the Holiday break. 

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Happy Holidays &

PDF 12/20/18
4-H Newsletter 12-10-18

Hello 4-H families, 

We have two very exciting events coming up in January and February. 

The registration has been extended to January 2nd for Bay/Coast Conference.  

Some Changes for members 14 to 19 yrs old:

Age: 11-13 year olds can register as participants; 14-19 year olds can register as facilitators. Facilitators are older youth who attend the full Summit alongside younger participants and have a hands-on leadership role there. The facilitator role is similar to being staff or a cabin head.

More details and registration: http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/Summits/

4-H Snow Camp has been confirmed for February 16th to 19th.  We apologize for the delay.  We were waiting for conformation from Nevada 4-H Camp.  The snow camp will be in South Lake Tahoe with heated cabins and snow.  We provide lodging, meals and evening actives for $160 per person.  You are welcome to join other families during the day for fun in the snow.  You come back to the main hall for a hot meal and fun actives with the other 4-H families.  We do have 4-H snow camp scholarships available.   

For more information and registration: http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/Events/

Both of these events would make a wonderful holiday present for a 4-H member.  Snow camp is an amazing family vacation without breaking your pocket book! 

Enjoy the newsletter.

Happy Holidays, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 12/10/18
4-H Council Agenda 10-18-18

Hello 4-H Families,

We have a county council meeting on Thursday night, 6:45 pm at the Aptos Grange.  

Please see the attached agenda for the council meeting. 

Come join the fun!

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep. 



PDF 10/17/18
150th Felton town Birthday & Sewing Project

Hello 4-H Families, 


We would like to thank all the families for their hard work at Santa Cruz Fair.  We had an amazing fair! Congratulation to all the youth on their accomplishments at fair.  We are proud of all of you!

We have a teen leadership meeting at 7pm tonight.  Come join us at Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. 

We have some additional announcements that came into the office this week.  We have an event that is looking for some help from 4-H families.  The Felton 150th Town Celebration is on Saturday.  We have an opportunity to host an information booth at this event.  We have not found a 4-H family to host a booth yet.  We have many members that are participating in the flag ceremony at this event and participating in the San Benito Fair. If you are interested in hosting an information booth at this event on Saturday contact Kristin at 4h@praly.com

We have two leaders that will be hosting a sewing class at Aptos Grange on October 20th.  See attached flier for details. 

 Don't forget to save the date November 3rd Fall Festival and Awards Night at Santa Cruz Elks Lodge. 

Take Care, 

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep

PDF 10/4/18
4-H Newsletter 10-2-18

Dear 4-H Families.

We have breaking new from Monterey county fair.  Our 4-H member will not be eligible to show beef cattle at the Monterey county fair in 2019 going forward.  See attached letter from Monterey county fair exhibits office at the bottom of the newsletter. 

It is that time of year when 4-H members are thinking about purchasing a steer for fair season.  At this time you are still eligible to show beef cattle at Santa Cruz and San Benito county fair. 

See you at the Fall Festival and Awards night on November 3rd!


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 10/2/18
4-H Updates

Hello 4-H Families, 

Congratulation to all the 4-H members on their accomplishments and winnings at the Monterey County Fair.  It was a nice to see all the 4-H member working together on show days at the fair.  

We are now gearing up for the Santa Cruz County fair next week.  Good Luck to all the 4-H members showing at the fair.  

Just a quick reminder to enter the San Benito County fair by tonight, Thursday September 6th at midnight online. 

Here is the link: http://entryoffice.sanbenitocountyfair.com/.  Remember to enter by Thursday, September 6th!!

  1. Horse Show Practice
  • Attention all 4-H Horse Show Exhibitors
  • We have some amazing 4-H trainers and leaders that are hosting a practice horse show on Saturday, September 8th from 9 am to 11 am at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds. The event will be held in the back area where the horse show is held for 4-H.
  • Please let me know if you'll be coming and if you need assistance with transporting your horse.  Francy Maciel at 831-818-4731
  • Santa Cruz County Fair start next week
  • We have a flower arranging class on Saturday in front of the youth department at the fair. Youth can bring a container to make a flower arrangement and enter it in the youth department. Email Diane Sampson for more details at 4haptos@gmail.com
  • 4-H Club remember to complete your feature booth on Saturday.
  • We will be judging the feature booths on Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • Food Safety Training on Sunday at 1:30 pm, Clover Deli 

Also just a reminder, fair time can be a blast and stressful fo

PDF 9/6/18
4-H Newsletter- July 30, 2018

Hello 4-H Families, 

We have had some scheduling issues with locations for the 4-H officer training.  We have finally found a new location and time that works for everyone of the Teen Leadership Trainer and place of business for the workshop.  

4-H Officer Training will be held on August 14th at 7 pm, Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz!!

See the newsletter for more details.  See you at the 4-H Officer Training!

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep. 

PDF 7/30/18
4-H Updates for July

Hello 4-H Families, 

We have worked on updating the 4-H website enrollment tab.  You will find it easier to register for the 2018-19 4-H year.  You will click on "Join 4-H Today" then scroll down to the picture click on the picture you are interested in register.  You will be provide all the links and instruction to register for new 4-H year!

The adult leader training has been redesigned by the 4-H state office.  I found the new returning leaders videos to be easier and better quality.  The training is only 30 minutes ALL LEADER have to complete the online training. 

We have also attached the proposed 2018-19 4-H calendar under the calendar tab on the 4-H website.  

We have also included important information in this months newsletter about the fairs for livestock exhibitors. 

Enjoy your summer!

Julie Katawicz

4-H program rep 

PDF 7/10/18
4-H Updates for June

Hello 4-H Families, 

A few quick updates for June coming your way!

  1. Leaders Workshop - June 16th (Saturday) - Flier attached with more details 
  2. 4-H Council Meeting on June 21st, 6:45 pm at Aptos Grange - Voting on 2018-19 council budget and calendar
  3. 4-H enrollment will open on July 1st - Leaders will be required to complete returning leader training or new leader training.  The training videos have been revised for 2018-19!  Call the office with any questions.  4-H on-line is now closed
  4. New 4-H enrollment fees are $54 for youth and $18 for leaders for 2018-19
  5. Santa Cruz County Fair Management is requiring that our livestock exhibitors attend a training session EVERY year.  Other fairs may have different requirements.  We will not accept the online YQCA training as a substitute for the in-person training that will be provided at the fairgrounds.  More information about specific times and locations for the sessions will be posted to the fair's website as soon as it is available.
    Livestock Exhibitors Fair Required Training Options: 
    July 14 - Monterey County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Seaside Room
    August 18 - Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, tba
    August 25 - San Benito County Fairgrounds, tba
    Julie Katawicz
    4-H Program Rep. 
DOCX 6/11/18
4-H Newsletter 5-1-18

Dear 4-H Families,

We have Spring Fair coming up on May 12th!  This one of the biggest events of the year for our 4-H program.  

Please see all the detail about this event in the newsletter.  We three new events this year to the 4-H program!

  • June 16th Leader & Senior member workshop - sharpen your leader skills
  • June 16th Interview Day contest - reformed no longer project proficiency. Interviews to prepare the 4-H members to interview for jobs and colleges. 
  • 4-H officer training workshop in early August.  This workshop will help 4-H members prepare and gain skills for the 4 main 4-H club officer position lead by the 4-H teen leadership team!

We hope you enjoy all the amazing articles in this months 4-H newsletter!


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep


PDF 5/1/18
4-H Updates for April

Hello 4-H Families,

We have many important events, deadlines and contest coming up.  

We have extended the All Star Applications to May 31st.  We will not except any All Star application after this date.  

We also have Spring Fair coming up May 12th.  We will need all hands on deck to make this event a success for 4-H and the community.  See the attached details and registration. 

Thank you, 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

DOCX 4/24/18
4-H Newsletter 3/21/18

Dear 4-H Families: 

Help Needed this weekend!

  • Aptos Village Park Easter Event, Sunday, March 25th 11:30 am to 4 pm at 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos – We need animals for this event. Can you bring a bunny, chicken, baby goat and/or lamb to share with the community?  You will have to provide your own pen and container for water.  You might want to bring a pop up for the animals.  If you do not have an animal bring some baked Easter sugar cookies for the kids to decorate.  We will have a cook decorating station along with animals. Email 4haptos@gmail.com if you can attend and bring an animal and/or cookie. 
  • You will earn community service points in your record book towards earning your 4-H star! This is a great outreach opportunity for your 4-H Club!

Enjoy the attached 4-H Newsletter, 

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep

PDF 3/21/18
Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes

 Hello 4-H Families,


We have a 4-H county council meeting tonight at 6:45 pm, Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr, Aptos. 

We are sending you the agenda and minutes from the January meeting.  We hope to see you at the meeting tonight.  


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep. 

PDF 3/15/18
4-H Newsletter 2/26/18

Hello 4-H Families, 

We have two very important deadlines coming up this week!

The 4-H presentation day registration will be closing on February 28th at midnight!

All 4-H adult leaders are required to complete the on-line leader training by February 28th! 

Any 4-H leader that has not completed the leader on-line training and/or live scan will not be covered by 4-H insurance, participate in 4-H overnight events as a chaperon and will not be eligible to lead a 4-H project! Your 4-H enrollment record will be placed on inactive status from pending, if you have not completed the leaders training and/ or live scan.  All new leader will also need to have completed the live scan process. 

Our 4-H program provides an educational hands on experience lead by adult 4-H volunteers.  The 4-H members are counting on you to provide a minimum of 6 hours for a 4-H project to eligible to participate at fair under 4-H with their projects.  Thank you for doing your part by completing the 4-H state requirements for all adult 4-H leader.  The kids and I thank you for all the time you dedicate to our 4-H program. 


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep 

PDF 2/26/18
Jr. Livestock

Hi all,


You are invited to an informational meeting of the Junior Livestock Committee on Tuesday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Livestock Office at Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.   Current members of the committee and those interested in joining are urged to attend.


The Junior Livestock Committee is open to youth ages 13 and up.  The members of the committee work hand-in-hand with the Livestock Committee, preparing for and hosting our fair in September.   The committee has new adult leadership this year. 


Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.  If you will be attending the meeting,  please rsvp to

Kevin Hurley at  kmhurley01@charter.net.


DOCX 2/2/18
4-H Presentation Day Updates

Hello 4-H Members,  

We would like to extend an invitation to participate in 4-H County Presentation Day 

to all 4-H members.  

You will earn points in your record book for public speaking while gaining confidence!

All the 4-H members that receive a gold on their presentation will earn a medal for their 4-H hat!

 Attached is a flier with more information.

Come join the fun! 

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep.  


PDF 2/1/18
4-H Fashion Revue

Hello 4-H Families,


Fashion Revue project update: 

Our first meeting will be Sunday March 4th.  We will meet at the Starbucks in Watsonville by Straw Hat Pizza (Safeway Shopping Center) at 3:00 pm. 

All girls and boys age nine and over are welcome! 

I'll be introducing the themes for this year and setting the rest of the dates at that time. 

May 11th is the Judging for Fashion Revue and May 12th is the Fashion Show!

For more details email Kat Ray at sun_kat@hotmail.com

PDF 1/31/18
4-H Newsletter 1/31/18

Hello 4-H Families,

We have started the new year with a bang!  We have a full month of actives for February and March filled with 4-H projects and events.  

Check out the January Newsletter for details!


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 1/31/18
January 12, 2018


Hello 4-H Leaders and Volunteers, 

We are having a adult leader training for the new and returning leader to complete the required adult leader training on

Sunday, February 11th

12 pm for New Leaders 

1 pm for Returning Leaders


1430 Freedom Blvd, Watonville

Come Join the Fun!

All volunteers and adult leaders enrolled in 4-H must complete the on-line or group leader training by February 28th.  

You may complete the adult leader training 3 different ways.  

  • Group training on Saturday at the 4-H office starting at 10 am.
  • Online at your convenience at https://campus.extension.org.
  • Webinar provided by state 4-H office - offered many different times

A leader or volunteer only needs to complete the training once! 

See attached newsletter for more details!

The adult leader training for February 5th is CANCELED.  I will be out of state on 4-H business!

Thank you for your support and working with the youth

DOCX 1/12/18
4-H Updates

Dear 4-H Families,

We are sending you some updates with new information on snow camp and leader training.

4-H office will be closed for holiday and vacation from December 22nd to January 8th.   

We wish your family a Safe, happy Holidays and New Year!

Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 12/21/17
4-H Newsletter 12/13/17

Dear 4-H Families,

We have two deadlines line coming up on December 31st.

  • Youth Summit registration
  • Snow Camp registration   

We are asking leaders to take the time to complete the leaders on-line training by February 28th.  We have listed the information in the newsletter article. 

We are offering group leader training from the 4-H office on February 5th, 6 pm and 11th, 10am. You may also take the leader training on-line. 

Happy Holidays, 

Julie Katawicz 

4-H Program Rep.

PDF 12/14/17
Important 4-H dates in May 2017

Hello 4-H Families,

We have any exciting events and deadlines in May for 4-H. 

Spring Fair is Saturday, May 13th set up starts at 9 am.  

Open to public 11 am to 3 pm. 

Located at: Santa Cruz County Fair


Rabbit Show

Poultry Show

4-H Project contest

Baking Contest

Bring an animal for petting zoo with your own pen for display

Just come and help in one of the 4-H booths.  Many hands make light work and less stress for the 4-H crews!


All of these registration and surveys are due on MAY 31st:

  • Summer Camp registration: http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/Camps_-_Conferences/
  • Outstanding Junior Award registration: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=17898. 
  • SLC scholarship are due - attached is application
  • Members and Chaperones will need to register with the state office for SLC conference: http://4h.ucanr.edu/News/?calitem=368587&g=86992. 


Julie Katawicz

4-H Program Rep

PDF 5/8/17
4-H Newsletter 8/29/16 PDF 9/7/16
4-H Newsletter 5/23/16 PDF 6/1/16
March 23, 2016 4-H Newsletter PDF 3/28/16
January 27, 2016 4-H Newsletter PDF 1/27/16
December 21, 2015 4-H Newsletter PDF 12/22/15
Snow Camp 2016

4-H Snow Camp 2016

There is a registration and information meeting on December 8, 2015,
7pm at the Aptos Grange.


Join 4-H'ers from all over Santa Cruz County on February 26, 27, 28, at Snow Camp. Snow Camp is a semi-structured, family-oriented winter camp. Spend the weekend at Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, just three miles from Dodge Ridge. Have breakfast and pack a lunch in the heated mess hall at camp before you take advantage of daytime activities on your own: ski and snowboard at Dodge Ridge; ice skate at Long Barn, sled at nearby hills or build the perfect snowman or sled run across the street from camp, play board games, cards, crafts or ping pong in the mess hall. Come back to camp for hot cocoa, dinner and evening activities. Enjoy the heated cabins and hot showers, too! Camp chores will include kitchen help, restroom, cabin and common area cleanup. Chores will be assigned by random drawing upon arrival at camp.

All 4-H members must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. All adults MUST have attended 4-H Leader Orientation, be properly enrolled in the 4-H Program and have been fingerprinted at least 1 month prior to attending Snow Camp.

Cost of Snow Camp is $150 per person, siblings under 5 are free, but not covered by 4-H insurance. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, December 10, 2015. There is a registration and information meeting on December 8, 2015, 7pm at the Aptos Grange.

Click on the link below to see all the details and go to the county web site to get all the forms needed:  http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/Camps_-_Conferences/

PDF 12/1/15
4-H Updates 10/20/15 PDF 11/24/15
4-H Newsletter 10/20/15

Here is the 4-H Newsletter for 10/20/15.

PDF 10/28/15
Newsletter 4-H 8-12-15 PDF 8/13/15
4-H Newsletter 8/5/15

Hello 4-H Families,

Here is the link to the latest 4-H updates.

PDF 8/5/15
4-H Newsletter 7-1-15

Here is the July 1 newsletter.

PDF 7/7/15
4-H Newsletter 6-17-15

Hello 4-H Community,

Here is this weeks 4-H Newsletter with many new articles.


4-H Office


PDF 6/17/15
4-H Newsletter 6-3-15

Hello 4-H Families,


Enjoy this week’s 4-H newsletter.


Julie Katawicz

4-H Interim Program Rep. 

4-H Animal Bio Security Coordinator                                                      

UC Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County

1430 Freedom Blvd, Suite E

Watsonville, CA 95076


PDF 6/3/15
4-H Newsletter 5-20-15 PDF 6/3/15
5/14/15 4-H Newsletter PDF 5/13/15
4-H Newsletter 4-29-15 PDF 6/3/15
Santa Cruz County 4-H Newsletter 4/20/15

Hello Santa Cruz County 4-H Members,

Attached is the 4-H updates newsletter with important information, dates and deadlines pertaining to our county.

Here is the link to the draft county council minutes from the April meeting: http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/files/211791.pdf

Please remember that state presentation day is coming soon.  Here is the link to the web site:  http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/SFD/PD/.

Here is the link to the state 4-H newsletter: http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/211777.pdf

Julie Katawicz

PDF 4/22/15
February 2013

The February 4-H Newsletter is now available.

PDF 1/31/13
December 2012

In this Issue:

Leader Information ……………………………………………………….…………...…….Page   2

Positive Youth Development Opportunities …………………………………..……..Page   4

Funding & Award Opportunities …………………………...…………………………...Page   5

From Our 4-H Members …………………………………………………………....……..Page   6

2012-2013 County 4-H Events Calendar……………………………………………...Page   8


PDF 12/21/12
November 2012

The November 2012 newsletter is now available

PDF 10/31/12
October 2012 PDF 9/27/12
September 2012 PDF 8/31/12
Deadline for Veterinary Science Program Extended

Registration deadline extended to August 20th! Please do not miss out on this great opportunity!


My name is Brenna Johns and I am the project coordinator for the new veterinary science project being offered to 4th-6th grade 4-H members in San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties. Currently we are looking for both participants and adult volunteers to get involved in the project.

This is an exciting educational project for youth both with and without animal science experience that will teach them about animal science through fun and interactive exercises. This is a great opportunity for youth to become involved in new and different activities as well as a wonderful way to add to their 4-H record book and story. If participants attend all project meetings they will receive a certificate as well as a special gift such as a stethoscope.

The project consists of 9 meetings each with a duration of 1-2 hours. There are three meeting schedule options that are available to participants; weekly, every other week, and every three weeks, to accommodate all family calendars. Similarly, participants can rank their meeting location preferences to prevent lots of travel.

Currently we are also very much in need of adult volunteers to help us provide this exciting project to 4-Hers. All volunteers will receive free training for the project at 3 professional development sessions, and

PDF 8/15/12
August 2012 4-H Newsletter

The August 2012 4-H Newsletter is now available.

PDF 8/1/12
Santa Cruz County Fair entries are due by August 4

Hey 4-H ers,

This is a reminder that Santa Cruz County Fair entries are due by August 4.  For the on-line entry guides you can go to http://www.santacruzcountyfair.com/ or pick one up at the fair office.  See you at the fair.

PDF 8/1/12
New Youth Veterinary Science Project Available

New Youth Veterinary Science Project for 4th through 6th graders

Important Project Facts

•It's totally free!  Just come to the meetings ready to have fun and learn!

•The Project runs from September 2012 through February 2013

•If you complete the project you get a cool certificate and if you come to every meeting you get a special prize like a stopwatch or a stethoscope!

•You can choose which project schedule you would like to do!

•This is also a great way to add to your 4-H record book and story!

Please visit out web site for more information:


PDF 7/27/12
Jeannie Witmer Memorial Scholarship



scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Students active (past or present) in California High School Rodeo Association, District 4 or California 4-H Horse program, (see geographic boundaries in Eligibility below), may apply for this scholarship to be used at a college, or professional technical school of choice. 

All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 3, 2012

PDF 7/27/12
State Presentation Day

Hi All,

Attached you will find the list of participants from Santa Cruzo County attending State Presentation Day next week.

We need to provide two judges to assist at the event.  If you are available, please  register at: https://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7538.

Lunch will be provided for the judges on the day of the event free of charge. If you have any questions, contact: 

Carolyn Abrams

4-H Program Representative
California 4-H Youth Development Program
Youth, Families, and Communities
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
(530) 752-5644

XLSX 5/18/12
4-H County-Wide Sheep Project

Hi All,

PLease see the attachment regarding a new county-wide sheep project offered by Boulder Creek 4-H.

Please share widely.


DOCX 5/18/12
State 4-H Fashion Revue and Field Day

Hi Everyone,

Please be reminded that the deadline to register for events at the State 4-H Field day taking place May 26, 2012, 8:00am - 6:00pm at the University of California, Davis (Wellman, Hart, and Olson Halls) is quickly approaching.  

All Fashion Revue participants must register by May 12 by linking to: https://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7870

If you were selected as a County winner and cannot attend, please contact the alternate so they may register.

For more information about all of the events taking place, download the attachment or link to: http://www.ca4h.org/Programs/Events/SFD/


PDF 5/9/12
Santa Cruz County 4-H Summer Camp Applications

Hi All,

Attached you will find the applications for the 2012 Santa Cruz County 4-H Summer Camp.  Please promote this excellent opportunity among your volunteers and members.

The applications will be posted on the 4-H website the week of May 21st.

Please contact Robin Turnquist if you have any questions at: cakes@got.net 

Thanks- Lynn 

PDF 5/11/12
March 2012 PDF 3/2/12
February 2012 PDF 2/10/12
GOAL Career Day

Santa Cruz County 4-H All-Stars Present GOAL Day!

February 4th, 2012

Go Out And Learn is a community partnership to promote career awareness and gain learning experience with careers youth are interested in for their professional lives.

Please view the flyer on the Newsletter website.

PDF 1/19/12
January 2012 PDF 1/5/12
December 2011 PDF 12/14/11
November 2011 PDF 12/14/11
October 2011 PDF 10/7/11
Some Sad News About a 4-H Family

It is with great sorrow that I bring you all this news;

As many of you may have heard about the unfortunate plane crash in Watsonville last Thursday evening, it was confirmed on Friday afternoon that it was the Houghton family of Soquel 4-H.

The Houghton’s (David, DeDe, Luke and Ryan) were an active family in the Soquel 4-H Club and attended 4-H Summer Camp regularly.

The Houghton’s were an active and involved family in the Santa Cruz County Community and the 4-H community. The focus for DeDe and David was always their family, community and living life to the fullest.

David, DeDe and their two boys Ryan and Luke participated in the Soquel 4-H club assisted with projects and attended 4-H summer camp every year. They were people that always greeted you with a smile and a nice greeting no matter what was going on. The boys were happy, fun and smart kids that enjoyed many of our 4-H activities.

Please pass this message on to other members in your club. If you or members of your club would like to attend the memorial services for the family, Services will be THIS Saturday, July 16th, 10am at Twin Lakes church in Aptos (2701 Cabrillo College Drive).  Please wear a clover in their honor and feel free to contact me with any questions, sfontana@ucdavis.edu or 763-8015

With kind regards,


For more information:
Funeral & Family Information: http://johnhoughton.com/important-updates-and-information/

 News Article: http://www.ksbw.com/news/28489629/detail.html

PDF 7/13/11
April 2011 PDF 5/6/11
March 2011

Important Deadlines, Presentation Day Registration, and Camping Planning information

PDF 3/10/11
February 2011 PDF 2/25/11
Dec-Jan 2011 PDF 2/25/11
November 2010 PDF 2/4/11
September 2010 PDF 2/4/11
August 2010 PDF 1/27/11
July 2010 PDF 12/20/10
June 2010 PDF 12/15/10
May 2010 Upcoming 4-H Events PDF  
March/April 2010 Spring Fair info PDF  
December/January 2010 PDF  
October 2009 Important leadership conferences and record book work shops coming up soon! PDF  
September 2009 Important record book information PDF  
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December/January 2009 PDF  
November 2008 Important upcoming 4-H events PDF  
September 2008 Important Fair & Scholarship Information PDF  
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